Vernal Equinox Day in Japan Date in the current year: March 20, 2016

Vernal Equinox Day in Japan The Japanese celebrate two equinoxes, that occur in the spring and in the fall. The celebration of the spring equinox is known in Japan as Vernal Equinox Day and it usually falls on March 20 or 21.

Vernal Equinox Day (or Shunbun no Hi in Japanese) became a public holiday in Japan in 1948, when it was repackages as a non-religious holiday for the sake of separation of religion and state.

The spring equinox is a part of a seven day festival, that is called Haru no Higan. Due to the nature of the equinox, it can be observed between 19-22 March, but most commonly it falls on 20-21 March. Since the need of astronomical calculation, the exact date of the next Vernal Equinox Day is not announced till February of previous year.

The original celebration of Vernal Equinox Day included visiting graves of loved ones and paying homage to the ancestors. Nowadays the Japanese get an additional day off to spend it with the family. Some of them go to the cemeteries, as it was before, but most return to homes, where they originally came from and spend this day with relatives.

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